In Defense Of Ranch Dressing

November 6, 2014

There’s a bottle of ranch dressing in my refrigerator. It’s not homemade. Its not organic. It has preservatives and added sweetener and artificial flavor. But because of this dressing, my ten year old eats baby carrots and bell peppers in his lunchbox and digs into green salads several nights a week. I have mixed feelings about […]

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5 Foods I Don’t Buy Anymore

November 2, 2014

Since starting this blog five years ago, I make a lot more food from scratch. Perhaps it’s because my kids are older and less demanding and no longer require me to be within two feet of them at all times. Perhaps it’s because I started paying much closer attention to ingredient lists. Or because my […]

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5 Easy Ways To Cut Sugar From Your Child’s Diet

October 27, 2014

Most kids (including mine) love sugar. But most of them get way too much. Added sugar, the kind put in by manufacturers, comes from the usual suspects like soda, candy, and desserts. But plenty of staples in children’s diets provide added sugar too–even seemingly healthy stuff like yogurt and whole grain cereal. Problem is, with so many foods and drinks […]

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8 Healthy Treats for Classroom Halloween Parties

October 24, 2014

I’m a purist when it comes to trick-or-treating: I pass out chocolate and let my kids have free reign over their stashes (read: “How I Handle Halloween Candy Craziness“). But I think it makes sense to dial it back for classroom Halloween parties. Most kids already haul in loads of sugar from trick or treating. At my children’s […]

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12 Ways To Get Healthy Food Into Your Child’s School

October 21, 2014

You’re already doing a lot to make healthy eating happen at home. But you might feel helpless when it comes to your kids’ school. Children spend 35-plus-hours at school every week, eating up to two meals (and maybe even a snack) there. That makes it a natural setting for learning about and experiencing food. Good food. The kind […]

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How I Handle Halloween Candy Craziness

October 15, 2014

My name is Sally. I’m a dietitian. And I hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. In the past, I’ve doled out bags of pretzels, small tubs of Play-Doh, and sheets of stickers too (and see nothing wrong with going that route). But mostly, we hand out candy. Usually chocolate. If you’re a regular on this blog, you know I […]

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Frustrated With Your Toddler? Read This!

October 8, 2014

In June, I posted a giveaway for the new book Tools for the Toddler Years, co-authored by parenting educator Yvonne Gustafson (aka Dr. Y). I asked you to leave a comment about the biggest parenting challenge you were having with your toddler. Dr. Y read all of your comments and asked if she could reach out with some words of reassurance […]

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My Number One Trick For Eating Right

October 6, 2014

I don’t have the stamina for junk food anymore. As a kid, I could suck on Sour Patch Kids until my tongue was raw. I could wash down greasy pizza and Cheetos with a Cherry Coke and be no worse for the wear. These days, a donut for breakfast would send me crawling back to bed in a sugared […]

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I Tried It: Juicing

October 2, 2014

I’ve been a smoothie girl for a long time. I make one nearly every day for breakfast and pack my Vitamix when I go on vacation. But I’ve also been intrigued by juicing. Like everyone else who watched the documentary “Fat Sick & Nearly Dead“, I wanted to run out and buy a top-of-the-line juicer immediately. But […]

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Want Healthier Soccer Sidelines? Use These FREE Resources For Coaches & Parents

September 30, 2014

Coaches are role models, and they set the tone for the season. They also play a critical role in getting junk food and sugary drinks off the sidelines of youth sports. When I’ve taken my Snacktivism mission to the coaches of my children’s teams, I’ve been grateful that they’ve all been on board (read: “THAT Mom: The Sequel“). I was […]

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